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2013 House Bill 5097: Exempt public safety employees from ban on certain automatic pay hikes
  1. Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on October 23, 2013, to exempt law enforcement and fire department employees from a 2011 law that banned automatic seniority-based automatic pay hikes for individual government employees (“step increases”) during the time when a government employee union contract has expired and no replacement has been negotiated. Specifically, the bill would exempt public safety workers covered by a 1969 compulsory arbitration law.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on October 23, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 12, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D) on September 23, 2014, to revise the 2011 law banning no-contract "step increases" to allow government employees to be granted up to six months worth of retroactive increases when there has been no contract and one is finally signed. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on September 23, 2014.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 23, 2014, to authorize public safety exceptions to the no-contract "step increase" ban that applies to other government employees if this is imposed by a contract impasse binding arbitration panel. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 23, 2014.
  2. Passed 97 to 12 in the House on September 24, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"